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Posted by on January 15, 2011

Today we opted not to attend the Tampa Super RV Show. We had done that the past two days just to see what a major show had in store. We’re not in the market for a new RV, just wanteing to check with vendors as to accessories that may be of interest to us. We did end up buying a set of 1000 threadcount sheets. We should have gone to the show. Instead, we went to a flea market, intending to stay only a few minutes as Robin wanted to check on a transporter for Brutus. We left him in the vehicle as we were parked in the front row and would be gone only shortly. Withing forty five minutes we were VIOLATED. Upon returning, we found our vehicle broken into, a new Segway just recently purchased gone, our MIFI, along with Robin’s IPAD. Never have we felt so scathed before in our lives. Fortunately, the thieves did not take Brutus. Nothing could have been worse. I called 911 and immediately they dispatched someone from the Sheriff’s Office. She dusted for fingerprints and took all the information but told us there would probably nothing that could be done. And then began the nighmare of making calls back to our bank as all our private and pertinent information was on that IPAD. Luckily, after about three hours of phone calls, accounts were changed, passwords were redistibuted, and our son Ryan, was masterfull in changing passwords as much as he can while helping out enroute across the PA Turnpike in a trip from Philly to Pittsburgh. Thank the good lord we have a son and daughter-in-law who are much wiser and smarter than the two of us when it comes to technology. I’m sure we’re out the several thousand dollars for the Segway, the IPAD will get replaced, but losing Brutus to theives would have been such a traumatic event to Robin, that there would be no consolation on my part which would have sufficed. In the end, we learned a lesson, albeit an expensive one. However, is there any lesson that comes without a cost. The amazing thing however, is that it happened in broad daylight, no more than 25 feet from the entrance to the flea market building, and in less than forty five minutes. No one was hurt, we’re all intact physically, so we have much more to be thankful for than money could ever replace.

19 Responses to VICTIMIZED

  1. Froggi Donna

    OMG!! How horrible….what flea market, we want to be sure we don’t go there!! My heart goes out to you both!

  2. larry

    Thank you so much Donna for your concern. I appreciate that. Todays post will tell you from where to just stay away.

  3. Ann & Jerome

    Was the car locked? Wow, Jerome and I are going into Philly on Sunday with Alison’s stuff and we were concerned about bringing it all into her apartment and having the car close by in case someone wanted to rip it off while we were unloading!!

  4. Cheryl Sims

    ON NO!!!!!! This is more than horrible for you. I got sick reading about what happened. It is a wonder that Brutus wasn’t taken. We WILL NOT attend that flea market. Hope your ins. covers everything so that you won’t be cameraless for long. We are sooooo sorry.
    Cheryl and Jerry

  5. Donna

    How awful!..I get real complacent about locking our truck. If it makes you feel any better, our son-in-law is a Detective..and he had his Serious Radio stolen out of his car in his home driveway…in broad daylight! I guess the good thing is one was hurt, Brutus is OK, and with a few bucks it can all be replaced…and…bad things can happen to good people ANYWHERE!!!

  6. Kathy

    What rats! People have no regard for other’s possessions anymore! I’m so sorry you were violated!
    I’m so gald your Brutus wasn’t taken though and that Donna took the time to direct us to your story.


  7. Ali Workentin

    Larry & Robin

    Popped over from 2 Taking a 5th…so sorry to hear about your loss…it is awful to be robbed…we have been twice in a s&b house and you are right…it is being violated.

    Hope things work out for you but so glad Brutus was not taken.

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  9. Ron and Saly

    Maybe they can track your Ipad when it is turned on. It’s good Brutus didn’t jump out when the door was opened. Good luck!

  10. Debbie

    Larry, I am sooo sorry………I can’t even imagine how you felt when you saw that your things had been stolen, and, to think what it would have been if they had taken Brutus as well………..violated is right, but, as someone said, they are just things, and they are just things, after all, and can somehow be replaced.

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  12. mountainborn

    Glad the important things are ok !

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  14. Denny and Bonnie

    Man, that sucks… Thank God Brutus is OK. We know how devastating it would have been if you lost him. Material things are bad when you lose the, but they can be replaced. Wishing you well…..

  15. calvin frank

    Yups, this is a problem that most people today face.Thanks for your great post.

  16. Steve

    That is just unbelievable. As you say in broad daylight as well. Glad Brutus is alright.

  17. Jim Selkirk

    Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that

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